Andrew King (boys)
School: T.L. Hanna
Years coaching: This is my sixth year as head boys xc coach, eighth year coaching on Hanna's track and field and xc staff.
Goals / expectations this year: Mentioned below
Up and coming runners on the team (only team ranked): Austin Spencer, Scott Daughtry, and Connor Buckless are three of our guys who have committed themselves to being the best high school cross country runners they can be and it has stirred up the other guys to join them. Xavier Swinger had a breakthrough cross country and track season this past year, battled some injury during his summer track season, but is back healthy and motivated to keep improving and get to the next level. We also have many returning guys who I believe are ready for a breakthrough this season!
Top meets going to this year: Coaches Classic, adidas XC Challenge, Domino's Invitational, Region 1-5A, 5A Upper State, and hopefully the State Meet.
Team leaders: Xavier Swinger, Scott Daughtry, Connor Buckless, Bryce Jones, and Austin Spencer
Team vision: Every runner will develop if they accept the challenge to grow. Meaning the more they: embrace challenges, stay consistent through ups and downs, understand their best effort today is the path to their best self, accept and apply positive and negative feedback, and be inspired and learn from the success of their teammates and competitors: THEY WILL ACHIEVE AT HIGHER LEVELS THEN EVEN THEY THOUGHT POSSIBLE!
Coach motto: "GO Get Your YET!"
Coach personal records: 14:59-5K, 31:35-10K, 4:21-mile, 8:35-3000; I also was apart of the 4x800 school record at Hanna, 8:04.
School 5K xc record with year: Joe Harris 15:41 at State on the course at Fort Jackson in 1993. He actually won 3A State in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
Number of returners from 2017 season: 31 total returners; out of our top 10 athletes based on time we have 8 returning: (Connor Buckless, Scott Daughtry, Christian Hilton, Bryce Jones, Jack McGahey, Nick Rozakos, Austin Spencer, and Xavier Swinger).
Number of new runners for 2018 season: Five new runners to the program; we also have several runners who have progressed through track season and the summer who are now competing together with the guys above to make the top seven by the end of the year: Zachery Carver, Colby Dodgins, Will Klugh, and Evan Smith.
Season Expectations: We expect to see improvement from our guys. How far we go is up to the aforementioned leaders on our team. Each one of them bring a different positive dynamic to our team and I believe they can shape this team into the best team I've had the privilege to coach.
Andrew King (boys)